lung disease

  • Coal waits to be among the last shipments to be loaded on train cars to depart the Hobet mine in Boone County, West Virginia. Picture taken in 2016. Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
    December 16, 2016  

    Lung disease is a well-known deadly consequence of working in the coal industry. But a new NPR study finds miners are suffering from the most advanced form of the disease at a rate ten times higher than the government has reported. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with NPR’s Howard Berkes about the causes of this late-stage lung disease, possibilities for treatment and why it’s been direly underestimated. Continue reading

  • March 27, 2008  

    Tuberculosis — a potentially fatal but treatable lung disease — infects 300,000 people in Bangladesh every year. Fred de Sam Lazaro reports on a success story in the country’s fight against TB, which relies on local women trained to spot and treat infected patients. Continue reading